Eriksson challenge for Maradona

Diego Maradonas chances of becoming Iraq's coach hung in the balance on Friday as the Middle East country's soccer federation also studied options to sign Sven-Goran Eriksson instead.

The Swedish former England manager's name came into consideration as some 30 federation members met to discuss who would replace departed Brazilian Zico as Iraq's coach, said Hernan Tofoni, the agent representing Argentine great Maradona.

“There are about 30 club representatives who are meeting,” Tofoni, whose Argentine company World Eleven is pushing Mara­dona's candidacy, told Reuters on Friday. They're enthused that Diego should coach their national team but other (federation) directors proposed Eriksson so the issue could be resolved next week,” Tofoni added.

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